Friday, June 21, 2013

Tesla Laboratory Purchased for Museum

Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe laboratory on New York's Long Island has been saved from possible demolition, thanks primarily to "crowdfunding" organized by cartoonist Matthew Inman. According to "Newsline," Inman's fundraising efforts generated nearly $1.4 million in donations, and the non-profit Tesla Science Center organization negotiated the purchase price down from $1.6 million to $850,000. The balance of the money raised will go toward cleanup (there's a lot of asbestos on the site) and beginning renovations needed to turn the long-derelict laboratory building into an interactive museum and science center.

 CQ published an article on the lab and efforts to save it in February, 2012 ("TeslaGRAM: A Multinational Special Event for a Nearly-Forgotten Laboratory").